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Bowman County, North Dakota
Map

Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the USA highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded July 5, 1907
Seat Bowman
Largest City Bowman
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,167 sq mi (3,023 km²)
1,162 sq mi (3,010 km²)
5.2 sq mi (13 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

3,294
2.7/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.bowmannd.com

Bowman County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,151. Its county seat is Bowman.

Bowman County was created by the 1883 Dakota Territory legislature but eliminated in 1903 due to a lack of settlement. The county was then reestablished in 1907 by a proclamation by Governor John Burke. The name comes from Edward M. Bowman, member of the territorial House of Representatives during the 1883 session. The county government was first organized on July 5, 1907; Bowman has always been the county seat.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Bowman County (LST-391), a tank landing ship in World War II, was named after this county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,167 square miles (3,020 km2), of which 1,162 square miles (3,010 km2) is land and 5.2 square miles (13 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 85.svg U.S. Highway 85
  • North Dakota 67.png North Dakota Highway 67

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 4,668
1920 4,768 2.1%
1930 5,119 7.4%
1940 3,860 −24.6%
1950 4,001 3.7%
1960 4,154 3.8%
1970 3,901 −6.1%
1980 4,229 8.4%
1990 3,596 −15.0%
2000 3,242 −9.8%
2010 3,151 −2.8%
Est. 2015 3,294 4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,242 people, 1,358 households, and 890 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,596 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.98% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.1% were of German, 28.1% Norwegian, 5.3% Irish and 5.0% Polish ancestry.

There were 1,358 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 4.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,906, and the median income for a family was $39,485. Males had a median income of $28,682 versus $17,992 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,662. About 5.90% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.90% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,151 people, 1,385 households, and 873 families residing in the county. The population density was 2.7 inhabitants per square mile (1.0/km2). There were 1,683 housing units at an average density of 1.4 per square mile (0.54/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.9% white, 0.6% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 2.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 47.4% were German, 28.1% were Norwegian, 9.9% were Irish, 6.4% were Swedish, 6.4% were English, 5.4% were American, and 5.2% were Polish.

Of the 1,385 households, 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.0% were non-families, and 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.82. The median age was 46.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,063 and the median income for a family was $63,897. Males had a median income of $41,542 versus $27,269 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,354. About 3.9% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Bowman County, North Dakota
Detailed map of Bowman County.

Cities

Townships

  • Adelaide
  • Amor
  • Bowman
  • Boyesen
  • Buena Vista
  • Fischbein
  • Gascoyne
  • Gem
  • Goldfield
  • Grainbelt
  • Grand River
  • Haley
  • Ladd
  • Langberg
  • Marion
  • Minnehaha
  • Nebo
  • Rhame
  • Scranton
  • Star
  • Stillwater
  • Sunny Slope
  • Talbot
  • Whiting

Unorganized Territories


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